When you think of fast boats, a pontoon is probably pretty low on your list, just ahead of houseboats and tugboats. Brad Rowland begs to differ. Brad recently won first place at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout with a top speed of 114 MPH and consequently obtained the shootout's record for fastest pontoon boat. His 25-foot 2010 South Bay triple pontoon, dubbed the Tooned In, sports three Mercury Pro Max 300x engines. You may think that's overkill, but Brad actually has his sights set on going even faster. “I see 120 MPH not out of my reach. People freak out when they see me come down the lake that fast in a pontoon,” he said.
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Brad has been featured in the pages of the magazine before, back in February of 2012. At the time, he was achieving a paltry (insert sarcasm here) 103 MPH. Since then, he's obviously been working hard to make sure he's the belle of the ball--by which I mean the fastest pontoon out there. “It kinda gets in your blood,” he said. “You don't think you're going to do it next year, but when the time rolls around, you get the feeling again.”
Maybe by the time this year's shootout rolls around, he'll have hit that 120 MPH. Keep your eyes peeled and maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Brad as he rockets across the lake. Check out the video below to see him in action.